The petitioner, Sekar, was an astrologer in a Temple. Hence, the complainants took their daughter to the temple for rituals, where the petitioner sexually assaulted her. Hence, a criminal case was registered against him held under Sec.5 (1) of the POCSO Act and he was remanded in judicial custody from November 2020. The petitioner had now applied for bail.
The counsel for the petitioner stated that the victim girl and the complainant were close relatives and the petitioner is only an astrologer. The complainant had come to the petitioner for some advice, after which the present complaint had been given of alleged sexual assault to the victim. The petitioner was falsely implicated in the case and had no criminal antecedents. Investigation was also over and a final report was filed. Thus, bail should be granted to the petitioner.
On the other hand, the Public Prosecutor strongly opposed the bail stating that the petitioner was the minor girl’s relative and he had sexually assaulted her. Even though there were no criminal antecedents and the investigation was finished, bail should not be granted.
Hon’ble Mr. Justice V. Bharathidasan considered the rival submissions by the counsels. Taking into consideration that investigation was completed, a final report was also filed, and the petitioner had suffered incarceration since November, bail was granted on a bond of Rs.10, 000.
Story by Sai Kulkarni-Intern